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RATINGS: 690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Weíve been loving creating Collaboration beers with great creative brewers from all over the world these last several years-unique beers that would never have existed without the free-flowing imagination and idea generation of the collaborative process. However, when it comes to the Stone Anniversary Ales, itís all us. Yet, it is indeed still a collaboration with great creative brewers (if we do say so ourselves). Weíre talking about our own brewing team, of course. And while some of our beers, anniversary and otherwise, have been designed by a single person, the Stone 16th Anniversary IPA was definitely a team effort.

This year our brewing team was inspired by some exotic-ish additions of the lemony persuasion. Yes, itís a Double IPA (can you really say youíre surprised?), but as we strive to do with all our Stone Anniversary Ales of the letís-take-this-IPA-in-a-new-direction variety, weíve brewed up a Stone-worthy divergence from tradition. The amount of rye malt we used isnít quite enough to warrant the appellation "Rye IPA," but it still adds hints of spiciness that contrast deliciously with the tropical fruit flavors and aromas of the Amarillo and Calypso hops. Add a few European specialty malts, some lemon verbena, and three more hop varieties to the mix, and you have a highly complex brew melding both bitter and fruity hop notes with rich toasted malt character punctuated by nuances of spicy rye and subtle lemon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bomber from Whole Foods Mayo. Nice, typical nose from Stone- sour grapefruit, lemon, pine. Big bitterness up front; more lemon & citrus, pine. As it warmed, I got more of the lemon verbena- which tasted a little too herbal/basil/vegetable for me. Overall, a good beer, tho. Will probably buy/try some more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (2063) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear bright orange with a sudsy white head that settles to a soapy film and lacing. Aroma is big resinous hops some pungent spice and strong lemon zest call me crazy, but I smell curry too. Taste is just the norm for Stone with big pungent bitter resinous hops and pine needles along with a spicy pepper note that brings me back to think of Asian food. Palate is fizzy slick /sticky and finishes chalky dry. Complex and pretty tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Lemon spruce is how I sum this beer up. The citrus character turns into that with the lemon oil which is a tad bit more prevalent. Nice dry character at the end of this beer. Perfume like with the malt bill which yields the high abv. A tad bit astringent for me but overall a nice beer. Think that might be the rye causing that effect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nephilium (1496) - Ohio, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Interesting aroma with lemon and pine notes. Pours a clear amber, with a white head. This is a complex beer... thereís notes from the rye, a lingering bitterness from the hops, all gently wrapped in lemon. Slick on the palate, with a full mouthfeel. I will be getting more of this before it disappears into the past.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle from AJs Arcadia. Pours a mostly clear copper color with a soapy off-white head. Nice carbonation. Aroma of caramel, pine, herbs, and lemon. Taste is sweet and bitter with plenty of herbal and lemony notes. A bit of spice as well. Medium bodied and somewhat sticky. The vegetal/herbal character of this beer is just overpowering. Still a good beer, but not great for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2824) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Bomber from BevMo. Nose - citrus, herbs, Somewhat Spiced up front. Reminds me of another Stone brew. The rye is pretty noticable. Little hints of citrus and almost a rosemary type of flavor. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dogfish120love (1033) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Pours a dark, but vibrant orange with a thick off white lacing. Tropical and citrus notes, with a noticeable amount of alcohol present. Somewhat spicy with hints of lemon that are blended in such a way that they accentuate the hop profiles. Bitter in flavor and medium in body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
scooter520 (185) - - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle. Amber golden clear with big frothy head. Aroma of tangerine, biscuit, grassy, spicy rye, only think I'm picking up lemon because of description. Tastes of caramel, some fruity hops but not much, spicy rye kick, and just a bit of noticeable lemon on the end. Medium carbonation with slick mouthfeel. Overall I don't really like this that much. The flavors are just too mashed up and don't really balance well for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eddy5335 (45) - Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Appearance: golden, hazy, less then a finger of head, some alcohol legs Aroma: Lemon, floral, citrus Taste: Lemon, citrus hops and fruits, sweet maltyness, slight bitterness Overall: Enjoyable if you like lemon flavors. As it warms the lemon juice flavors enhanced a little. Not as bitter as I thought it was going to be. Citurs fruits are nice and big. Has a nice sweet malty mouthfeel. Didnít get the 10% barely at all. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thisis12ptfont (992) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Super fresh citrus and fruity hops come out on the aroma. Perfect see through copper in color with a small foam. Flavors of herbs, lemon, spices and bittering hops. Medium bodied with a subtle alcohol finish. Overall, this is a well-done and complex brew. Lots of unique spice and herb flavors with some earthy hops and warm alcohol. Iíd give this an A rating.

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